13 January 2014

[creativity] Need Creativity Practice On The "Fly"? Try Blobbing.

Stumbled on at FRCH's Creative Fuel blog, we find one thing we might do when we're stuck or just need to take our brain out for a spin or don't know what to create but want to create something.

Here, the Blob isn't something to beware, it's something to encourage.

Photo by Ben Wiliams from his article at
Go there to see the rest of the very excellent work.
That's the whole thing right there. Delightfully simple, probably has been out there all along in front of you, and Ben Williams just crystallized it for you right here.

This is an experience I've had in my own life. The maps I sometimes create I draw out of interesting natural or manufactured shapes I stumble on. A big city I created once sprang from the way a concrete walkway branched; it became two one-way streets merging to create a boulevard. Another map, a make-believe island nation, sprang from the pattern of crack-like markings in a linoleum floor.

It's not hard to imagine drawing shapes solely from nature. A leaf can become an island in a river. One of my favorites come from the land of pareidolia; the North Portland 'peninsula', an inland peninsula surrounded by water on three sides (south and west, the Willamette River, and the Columbia on the north) bears an uncanny resemblance to a human thumb, as seen from the palm side of the hand.

Look at it sometime; you'll see. Of course, you won't be able to unsee it, but you run this risk when looking at the world that way.

So, blob if ya gotta; imagine patterns in the sky as things to base silly, but intensely creative drawings on.

Read all of Ben's excellent blog entry, including links to cloudy goodness and even more goofy birds, here at http://creativefuel.frch.com/2012/06/06/creativity-practice/.

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